Shoo Fly Cake
Mix flour, sugar, salt, and shortening by hand until they get crumby. Take out 1 cup of this mixture and save to top cake later.
For the liquid part of the cake stir molasses, water, and baking soda by hand with a spoon. Stir crumbs into the liquid. Grease and flour long cake pan 13 by 9 by 2. Pour mixture into the baking pan. Sprinkle the one cup of saved crumbs over top of the cake before baking.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Test if it's done using a toothpick. Poke cake with toothpick after 1 hour. If toothpick comes out clean, it's done. If it doesn't come out clean, leave in a few more minutes and retest.